Peter Smith is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths University of London, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Association of Psychological Sciences, and the Academy of Social Sciences.
He is the recipient of a number of awards including the 2015 William Thierry Preyer award for Excellence in Research on Human Development, and the 2018 Student Wellbeing and Prevention of Violence (SWAPv) Award.
He is the author of of number of books including “Understanding School Bullying: It’s Nature and Prevention Strategies”, and most recently “The Psychology of School Bullying” as part of the Routledge “Psychology of Everything” series.
In today’s episode we examine the causes and motivations for bullying, whether the stereotypical image of the bully as cowardly brute and the victim as lonely misfit hold any truth, the long term effects of bullying on both the victim and the perpetrator, the uncomfortable conclusions of some studies which claim that bullying can be beneficial, and what needs to be done to prevent and deal with bullying in schools.
Ditch the Label – International anti-bullying charity
Annual Bullying Survey 2018 – Ditch the Label
Anti-Bullying Alliance – United against bullying
Youthworks – Developing Anti-Bullying Guidance and an online Toolkit for the government of Wales
Fatherlessness, Poverty and Crime – United Families International
How an Absent Father Affects Boys and Girls Differently – Freakonomics
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